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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Tom Ivers: Equine Sport Science Guru, Has Died

I am very sad to tell readers and friends of Hoofcare Publishing that Tom Ivers has died. Tom was a controversial figure in the sportsmedicine and training world--and he loved being a controversy. He wore it as his badge of honor. I worked with Tom for many, many years and sold his books, tried his supplements, listened to his theories on interval training. He was a brilliant man who wanted to see horse performance and racing break new ground. He was especially helpful to me with his web-based discussion group "Equinescience". He was opinionated about feet but always kind to Hoofcare & Lamneess Journal and to me.

Here is the official account of his death from Standardbred Canada:

Tom Ivers Passes

November 16, 2005

Tom Ivers, equine scientist and author of several horse racing books including The Fit Racehorse, passed away on Sunday after a battle with lymphoma.
Ivers, 61, published nine books as well as newsletters, articles, advertising copy, scientific research, computer software documentation, and instructional videos on equine sports medicine. Ivers was one of the first to incorporate interval training into the training of equine athletes and was founder and president of Equine Racing Systems, Inc., an equine sales and consulting company based in Washougal, Washington.

In lieu of flowers, Ivers' wife, Edie, has requested that donations be made in her husband's honour to the Lymphoma Research Foundation:

111 Broadway, 19th Floor
New York, New York 10006

or

8800 Venice Blvd, Suite 207
Los Angeles, CA 90034

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Note, for those of you who have asked, here is Tom's home address and contact info:
Tom Ivers
211 Sky Rd.
Washougal, WA 98671
(360) 837-3700
(360) 837-2102 voice/fax

I have been very moved by all the correspondence regarding Tom. I miss him, too.--fran